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HP Color LaserJet 5500 Printer Series - Selecting Accessory Options from the Printer Driver (PCL5c and PCL6 Driver)

Introduction

It is possible to select accessory options from the Configure tab of PCL5c and PCL6 printer drivers. Use the Configure tab to tell the driver about the hardware configuration of the printer.

If bidirectional communication is enabled in a supported environment, set up the Configure tab by clicking the Update Now button. If an environment does not support bidirectional communication, the UpdateNow button will be unavailable, and it will be necessary to manually configure the options on this tab.

The Configure tab is available when the driver is opened from the Printers folder by clicking Properties . When the driver is opened from within an application, the Configure tab will not be visible, with a few exceptions, such as when using Excel 5.0 or Corel (R) Chart 4.0.

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Printer image

The image of the printer in the lower-right portion of the Configure tab represents the current physical configuration of the printer and corresponds to its configuration data, either obtained automatically through bidirectional communication or configured manually. It should look the same as the image that appears in the same location on the Paper tab and the Destination tab.

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Printer Model group box

In the Printer Model group box, the driver title remains HP Color LaserJet 5500 for all models. Selection of another printer bundle makes the appropriate changes to other configuration options on the tab. The list of models and the changes they produce are described below.

HP Color LaserJet 5500 or 5500n

When the HP Color LaserJet 5500 or the HP Color LaserJet 5500n is selected, the following settings apply:

  • The Driver Work Space (DWS) value shown in the Other Options dialog box is 6.0 MB.

  • The Total Printer Memory value is 96 MB.

  • No optional paper destinations, paper sources, duplexing unit, or hard disk are selected.

HP Color LaserJet 5500dn

HP Color LaserJet 5500dn resets all configuration settings to match the capabilities of the 5500dn model. The following settings are affected:

  • The Total Printer Memory value is 96 MB.

  • Duplexing Unit is selected.

  • No optional paper destinations, paper sources, or hard disk are selected.

HP LaserJet 5500dtn

When the HP LaserJet 5500dtn is selected, the following changes are made to the default settings:

  • The Total Printer Memory value is 160 MB.

  • Duplexing Unit is selected.

  • HP 500-Sheet Input Tray is selected in Optional Paper Sources.

  • No optional paper destinations are selected.

HP Color LaserJet 5500hdn

When the HP Color LaserJet 5500hdn is selected, the following changes are made to the default settings:

  • The Total Printer Memory value is 160 MB.

  • Duplexing Unit is selected.

  • Mopier Enabled is selected.

  • Printer Hard Disk and Job Storage Enabled are selected.

  • 2 x 500-Sheet Input Tray is selected.

If it is installed and working, the bidirectional mechanism will detect the correct model and update the configuration accordingly, either during installation or when Update Now is selected on the Configure tab. However, the printer model name shown in the Printer Model text box does not change.

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Paper-handling options

The Paper Handling Options group box provides options for configuring most of the paper-handling device features.

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Duplexing unit

Select this option if a duplexing unit is installed in the printer. When it is selected, additional controls appear in the Document Options group box in the Finishing tab. Unlike most options in this group box, the Duplexing Unit option does not affect the printer image because the duplexing unit is contained within the printer.

To print on both sides, click Print from the software application, click the Properties button, click the Finishing tab, and then click Print on Both Sides .

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Mopier enabled

A mopier is an HP-designed printer that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job. Multiple-original printing (mopying) increases printer performance and reduces network traffic by sending the job to the printer once, then storing it on the hard disk. The remaining copies are printed at the printer’s fastest speed. All documents can be created, controlled, managed, and finished from the desktop, which eliminates the extra step of using a photocopier.

The HP Color LaserJet 5500 printer supports the Transmit Once mopying feature, and the MopierEnabled option is selected by default, if a hard disk is installed and Printer Hard Disk is selected in the driver software.

Mopier Enabled is enabled only when the Configure tab settings indicate (whether set manually or with Auto Configure) that the printer has a hard disk and at least 64 MB of RAM installed. When MopierEnabledis disabled, a Bubble Help appears next to it, explaining that a printer hard disk, it has at least 64 MB of Total Printer Memory, or needs to be removed, is required to enable this feature. This printer does not support MOPY with a RAM disk.

All models of the HP Color LaserJet 5500 printer come with 96 MB or more memory installed.

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Optional Paper Destinations

The Optional Paper Destinations drop-down menu contains the following option: (None). The OptionalPaper Destinations drop-down list setting is (None) because no optional paper devices exist for the HP Color LaserJet 5500 printer.

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Optional Paper Sources

The Optional Paper Sources drop-down menu lists optional paper sources for the HP Color LaserJet 5500. The list of available paper sources varies, depending on the printer, its input accessories, and the printer configuration settings on the Configure tab.

Two optional paper sources are available for the HP Color LaserJet 5500 printer. The default setting in the Optional Paper Sources drop-down menu depends upon the printer model. The Optional Paper Sources drop-down menu contains the following settings:

  • (None) - This is the default setting for the HP Color LaserJet 5500, 5500n, and 5500dn model printers.

  • 2 x HP 500-Sheet Input Tray - This is the default setting for the HP Color LaserJet 5500hdn model printer.

  • HP 500-Sheet Input Tray - This is the default setting for the HP Color LaserJet 5500dtn model.

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Other Options

The Other Options group box contains a More command button. Clicking More opens the MoreConfiguration Options dialog box. This dialog box contains the following configuration options:

  • Storage

  • Printer Memory

  • Include types in application source list

  • Fonts

Storage

In Storage, it is possible to specify whether a printer hard disk is installed and whether JobStorage is enabled. Job Storage is enabled by default. The printer hard disk control can be set manually, or it can be updated automatically in environments supporting bidirectional communication by using the Update Now button.

Job Storage Enabled determines whether Job Storage appears as a feature on the Destination tab. Because this is the only possible Destination feature for the HP LaserJet printer, this setting also determines whether the Destination tab appears.

When Printer Hard Disk is disabled, a Bubble Help message appears next to Mopier Enabled and Job Storage Enabled, explaining that a printer hard disk and at least 96 MB of Total PrinterMemory are required to enable these features.

Printer Memory

There are two settings under printer memory: Total Memory and Driver Work Space (DWS).

  • Total Memory - This setting shows the total amount of memory physically installed in the printer. The default values for Total Printer Memory are specified in the Printer Model section of the Configuration tab and are based on the printer model.

    Selecting Printer Hard Disk enables Job Storage and selects it as the default. Selecting Printer Hard Disk also enables and selects Mopier Enabled by default for all HP Color LaserJet 5500 models except the HP Color LaserJet 5500hdn model, for which Printer Hard Disk, Job Storage, and MopierEnabled are preselected default settings. Total PrinterMemory updates from a successful bidirectional query, or can be set manually.

  • DWS - Use the DWS setting to specify the amount of workspace memory available to the printer. In environments that support bidirectional communication, this option is configured automatically. To manually set DWS, print a configuration page and find the DWS value in the Memory section of the configuration page. Then, type that value in the DWS box in the More Configuration Options dialog box.

    An accurate DWS value optimizes driver performance.

    The DWS value might change if printer model settings are switched.

Include types in application source list

When Include types in application source list is selected, all paper types (such as envelopes and transparencies) are available from the Source is: list on the Paper tab. From a software application, it is possible to open the Paper tab by clicking Print from the File menu, and then clicking Properties .

Fonts

The Fonts group box contains a Font DIMM check box and a corresponding Configure button. Selecting Font DIMM tells the driver that a Font DIMM is installed, and that stored data regarding the fonts on the DIMM is available. When Font DIMM is selected, the Configure button is enabled. Click Configure to open the Configure Font DIMMs dialog box.

Use the Configure Font DIMMs dialog box to perform the following tasks:

  • Add up to two font DIMMs by clicking Add .

  • Specify a unique font DIMM name.

  • Select specific font DIMM data files that contain lists of fonts on specified DIMMs.

  • Select one or more installed DIMMs in the Installed DIMM list. The list to the right, Fonts on DIMM , will display all of the fonts available on the selected DIMM(s).

  • Enable or disable one or more of the selected font(s).

Use the following procedure to configure a font DIMM:

  1. Make sure that the font DIMM is properly installed.

  2. Click Add . The “Add Font DIMM” dialog box appears.

  3. Click Browse . The “Font DIMM Files” dialog box appears.

  4. Find and select the appropriate Printer Cartridge Metrics (PCM) file that came with the font DIMM.

  5. Click Open .

  6. If desired, specify a Font DIMM Name in the “Add Font DIMM” dialog box.

  7. Click OK . The selected printer cartridge metrics (.PCM) file appears in the Installed DIMMs list. Select the PCM file to display a list of available fonts in the Fonts on DIMM list.

  8. Click OK to close the “Add Font DIMM” dialog box. The fonts on the DIMM should now be available on the system.

    NOTE: When using font DIMMs with the PCL5c and PCL6 drivers: To install screen fonts that match the font DIMM, use the .HPB file specifically designed to work with that DIMM. If there are no screen fonts for the DIMM, use the .PCM file specifically designed to work with that DIMM.

Ignore Application Collation

The Ignore Application Collation check box is disabled and set to OFF when the Mopier Enabled check box is clear (not selected).

Placing the Ignore Application Collation setting in the printer Properties means that Windows NT network clients that are connecting to the printer through a network share cannot change its value. Only the print queue administrator has the power to decide how the printer driver is set up.

The Ignore Application Collation setting is not a method to print non-collated copies. To print non-collated copies, disable mopying.

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Automatic Configuration

If the configuration of the HP LaserJet printer has been modified since installation, click Update Now to automatically reflect the new configuration in the driver.

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